ACT I’s ‘Horrible Christmas’


Photograph above shows some of the members of ACT I with Head Tutor, Valerie Harris and Tutor, Peter Ning.

It may have been long overdue but ACT I managed to get to the theatre to watch the production ‘Horrible Christmas’ which was being performed at the Lowry Theatre. We had wanted to take a group picture outside but it was raining too hard for us to do this. A good time was had by all the only downside being that not all of our studests were able to come. So for our next theatre visit, wherever it may be, we are hoping for a ‘Full House’!



Don’t Mess with ACT II


Above: Renny with students from ACT II

Have ever wondered how actors do the things they do on stage (from a fighting perspective) without hurting themselves and more importantly their fellow colleagues, then a workshop with fight director Renny Krupinki will provide the answers. We were delighted to have Renny back again to run one of his very enjoyable stage fight workshops. Renny put everyone at ease and balance theory and practice, with thoughtful feedback interspersed with humour. Our thanks go to Renny for his consummate skill, and hopefully the school neighbours were not too concerned by the controlled screaming!!

A.C.T.S Auditions

Theatre A

Auditions for A.C.T.S will take place at 10.30am on Saturday the 3rd September at ACT I’ s meeting place, the large Unitarian Chapel School Room on Sylvan Grove, off Dunham Road, Altrincham, WA14 4NX .

If you are interested in joining, then please email Head Tutor Valerie Harris at

Boys will be particularly very welcome in ACT I.

All students must be accompanied by a parent.

Gore Galore!

ACT I Make Up Workshop

Above: Charlote and Hannah with the ACT I students

Our thanks to Charlote Hemming and her assistant, Hannah Dawson who ran a Theatre Make Up Workshop ACT I. Charlote has been a Make Up Artist in this field for 3 years now and has worked on a variety of productions including ’Cats’ and ’The Merchant of Venice’ to name but two. After a brief introduction, the students were all issued with tissues, sponges, make up sticks and make up and under the careful supervision and guidance of Charlote and Hannah began to make each other and themselves up. The session covered burns, bruises, black eyes, cuts and the odd bullet wound. A very busy, interesting workshop that was enjoyed by all.

Winning Young Stars

Emma and Frasier

ACT II and Val

Above: Head Tutor and Director Valerie Harris with some of the cast. Top picture: Emma and Frasier with their awards.

ACT II came away from their last competitive One Act Play Festival with 3 more awards for ‘Maria Marten’. Another super performance from everyone and the awards were well deserved!! Liz Fraser gained another Certificate of Merit for her role in this play. Meanwhile Frasier Dalgliesh won the Best Supporting Youth Award and Emma Kinsey won the Best Youth Actress Award. WELL DONE to all of ACT II for all their hard work with this play which at every Drama Festival was highly praised by many people as well as the Adjudicators.

New Raising Star

Jamie & ValJamie & ACT I

The above photographs show Jamie being presented with his award by Head Tutor Valerie Harris and below with some of his fellow cast members.

At the Chelford One Act Play Festival we are delighted to say that ACT I student Jamie Bennett won the David Wood Trophy for Best Individual Junior Performance for his role as ‘Azaeus’ in ACT I’s production of  Pandemonium’. He has worked very hard and well done for all the support given by his fellow cast members.

ACT II received two nominations for Students, Liz Fraser and Sophie Parker.


2 Awards at G.M.D.F. Play Festival

Liz F & Val ACT II

Cast of Maria Marten ACT II

We are entering again 3 One Act Play Festival’s this year. This is the 1st time we have entered the G.M.D.F One Act Play Festival and we were pleased to be awarded 2 Certificates of Merit. One was gained by Liz Fraser for her role as ‘Dora’ and the other for the whole production of ‘Maria Marten’. WELL DONE to everyone.

A.C.T.S. on the Festival Trail


Above members of ACT I and ACT II in rehearsal.

The One Act Play Festival season starts in earnest this month for Altrincham Creative Theatre School.

ACT I, the junior section will be performing ‘Pandemonium’ by Jonny Arden which is being directed by John Banks. This comedic play is set in Hell and describes the mayhem that occurs when the demons get rid of the Devil!

Head Tutor Valerie Harris is directing ACT II, the youth section, who are tackling the melodrama ‘Maria Marten or Murder in the Red Barn’ by Constance Cox. In this piece villain William Coder seduces innocent Maria merely to have his way with her but when she presents him with a baby. Drastic and tragic measures have to be taken!

The school will be performing at 3 One Act Play Festivals starting at the Greater Manchester Drama Federation Festival at Cheadle which take place on Friday the 10th June. Then they move to the Chelford Festival, performing there on Friday the 17th & 18th June. Finally finishing at the Partington Players Festival in Glossop on the 8th July.

Last of The ‘Originals’


This month sees us saying ‘Goodbye’ but not ‘Adieu’ to our two last original members of A.C.T.S. Both Emma Jurkowski and Sam Shodkin-Hodge have been working with Head Tutor, Valerie Harris for the last 7 years and came with her when she started the Altrincham Creative Theatre School.  They have performed many different roles during this time and have enjoyed the challenges while making friends along the way. Past members of ACTS have stayed in touch and have formed themselves into an ACT III group of friends and we hope both Emma and Sam will be able to join them. It has been a pleasure having them in the group and we all wish them both Good Luck and best wishes for the future.

A Hat Trick of Plays

This year A.C.T.S. presented not two main productions but three! ACT I performed ‘The Day of The Demon Bowler’ and ACT II gave us the comedy ‘Sorry About The Floor’ and the drama ‘Too Long An Autumn’. Everyone worked very hard with their backstage crew to give the audiences a variety of entertainment. Well done to everyone!